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Report: Chad Knaus’ Sonoma notes, laptop stolen from rental car

The Associated Press reported Friday that a laptop belonging to Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Chad Knaus was stolen from his rental car ahead of this weekend’s NASCAR event at Sonoma Raceway.

Knaus has been atop the pit box for the No. 48 Chevrolet driven by seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson since 2002. The AP reported that race notes — which are encrypted — for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM) were on the computer. Knaus told the AP other members of the team had similar-type notes.

Knaus and his wife were dining in San Francisco when the theft occurred, according to the report. After parking near the popular Fisherman’s Wharf tourist area, the couple returned from dinner to find a window smashed on their rental SUV and their briefcases stolen.

Knaus said the luggage remained untouched, but the thieves took two laptops, a significant amount of cash and his wife’s art supplies. “If anybody in the garage just randomly takes up water colors, we’ll know who it was,” Knaus told the AP.